World Bloody day in Burma: the junta is radicalized violently
Two dead in Burma. France condemns the violence against demonstrators
© REUTERS Burmese rescuers carry a man injured during the demonstrations on Saturday February 20 in Mandalay. Paris condemns in the strongest terms the violence committed by the Burmese security forces against the demonstrators. Two people were killed on Saturday in Mandalay, Burma's second largest city, in clashes between police and protesters denouncing the February 1 military coup and the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Burmese police opened fire on protesters in Rangoon and several other cities across the country on Sunday, killing at least 18 people on the bloodiest day since the start of the protest movement against the coup, according to the UN. "Throughout the day, in several locations, the police and army responded to peaceful protests using lethal and less lethal force which - according to credible reports received by the United Nations Human Rights Office United - has left at least 18 dead and 30 injured, "said the UN office.
Burma: funeral of a young demonstrator the day after a murderous day
© REUTERS - Stringer. Protesters pay tribute to Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, the first protester to be killed by the police, during her burial in Naypyidaw, February 21, 2021. Burma paid tribute on Sunday to the first victim of military repression, a young grocer who became an icon of the anti-junta resistance, while the crowds were still numerous to demonstrate against the coup, despite the deadly violence of the day before. Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing has become an icon.
"Myanmar (Burma) is a battlefield," Charles Maung Bo, Catholic cardinal of the predominantly Buddhist country, commented on Twitter.
Burma has been plunged into chaos since a military junta detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and several members of her party, the National League for Democracy (LND), on February 1. Aung San Suu Kyi, 75, is accused of illegally importing six walkie-talkies and violating the rules put in place to fight the coronavirus epidemic.Deaths and injuries
In several neighborhoods of the former capital Rangoon, police, reinforced by elements of the army, fired live ammunition after failing to disperse the crowd with stun grenades, tear gas and gunfire summons. Several wounded were evacuated on men's backs, leaving bloody trails on the pavement. A man has died in hospital after being shot in the chest, according to a medical source who declined to be identified. A UN official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that the UN office was able to confirm the deaths of at least five people in Rangoon on Sunday.
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Police also opened fire on supporters in Dawei, a town in the south of the country, killing three protesters and injuring several others, Kyaw Min Htike, a local politician told Reuters. According to local media outlet Myanmar Now, two people also lost their lives in Mandalay, the country's second largest city. A resident contacted by Reuters reported further shooting in the evening and said a woman was killed. "A medical team examined her and confirmed her death. She was shot in the head," she said.
Police and a Burmese army spokesperson did not comment. The head of the junta, General Min Aung Hlaing, assured last week that the police were showing the greatest restraint. The crackdown on protests had left at least three dead until Sunday. According to the army, a police officer was also killed in clashes on the sidelines of the protests.
Burma: Police throw stun grenades to disperse protesters .
BURMA-POLITICS-DEMONSTRATIONS: Burma: Police throw stun grenades to disperse protesters © Reuters / STRINGER BURMA: POLICE LAUNCH DEAF GRENADES TO DISPERSATE PROTESTS (Reuters) - Burmese police on Tuesday used stun grenades to disperse demonstrators who had again gathered in the country's largest city, Yangon, to protest the February 1 military coup, witnesses said.